Teamwork | Pride | Excellence

Dr. Rue
Karen G. Rue, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PO Box 77070
Fort Worth, TX  76177


Karen Rue, Ed.D., joined Northwest ISD in July 2005 as the Superintendent of Schools.  Under her leadership, the district continues to make gains in increasing academic success while providing all students with opportunities and experiences designed to prepare them for their future.


Superintendent Karen Rue is leading a transformational change in education at Northwest ISD and in Texas to ensure that all students are equipped for the digital age in which we live. She has a passion for public education and is dedicated to supporting NISD educators as they prepare students to be future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.


While at NISD, Dr. Rue has led the district under the guidance of a detailed strategic plan developed with the vision and input of students, parents, staff, community members, and NISD School Board members. This plan and the core beliefs, vision, mission, and goals stated therein guide every decision made in the district. She has been instrumental in leading district-wide initiatives such as Community-Based Accountability, revising the Profile of a Graduate, providing a digital learning environment through student tablets and netbooks, expansion of the NISD Academies, and development of the Outdoor Learning Center.


Dr. Rue has managed three successful bond elections, each based on the recommendation of the Long-Range Planning committee and overwhelmingly supported by the community.  The first bond election was held in 2005 for $224 million, the second in 2008 for $260 million, and the most recent on November 6 for $255 million.


Dr. Rue was one of eight superintendents in the nation named a winner in the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program. She was also selected as one of the Top 50 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. As one of 23 school districts selected to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, Dr. Rue has taken an active role in continuing the work of the Public Education Visioning Institute to encourage innovation, creativity, and more meaningful assessment and accountability measures. She was elected by her peers to serve as the Vice President for the Texas Association of School Administrators and previously chaired the Leadership Development Committee. In addition, she serves on the executive committee for the Texas School Coalition and the Fast Growth Schools Coalition, as a Director of the 35W Coalition, and on the Board of the Northwest Communities Partnership. She was also elected Vice President for the South Central States for Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA). She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.


Prior to joining Northwest ISD, Dr. Rue served as superintendent of schools of Tuloso-Midway ISD, a suburban school district in Corpus Christi, and as Executive Director of Katy ISD, a large school district with over 37,000 students. While at Katy ISD she received the United States Congressional Award for her contribution to education.


Karen Rue, Ed.D., has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master's from Lamar University, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. All three degrees are in education.